Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam
Question: Assalam alaykum
Is it permissible to have semi permanent eyebrows done as half my eyebrow hairs are very light and I do not want my husband to see this when I wake up / come out of the shower?
Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,
There is no harm in dyeing your eyebrows and eyelashes for your husband. In fact, making yourself up for him is praiseworthy and encouraged.
But if other, unrelated men will see you, such as if you will need to go out before the dyes wear off, then you need to be modestly restrained and dignified in their application.
Allah Most High says, “And tell believing women that they should lower their glances, guard their private parts, and not display their charms beyond what ordinarily shows.” [24:31] And He Most High says, “And do not flaunt your finery as they used to in the pagan past.” [33:33]
As such, keep the following conditions in mind:
1. When the dye is applied, it shouldn’t attract the undue attention of the opposite gender more than normal. In other words, would you get the same amount of attention if you hadn’t applied such a dye?
2. Don’t apply the dye or use the colours or styles which are clearly distinguishing as the adornment of the irreligious or corrupt.
3. Obviously, avoid that which may be harmful.
The Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) instructed that, “Modesty is from faith.” [Bukhari]
[Tahtawi, Hashiyat al-Tahtawi `ala Maraqi al-Falah, quoting Ibn al-Humam (1.154); Ibn `Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar `ala al-Durr al-Mukhtar (2.360)]
And Allah Most High alone knows best.
[Ustadh] Tabraze Azam
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
Ustadh Tabraze Azam holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Leicester, where he also served as the President of the Islamic Society. He memorised the entire Qur’an in his hometown of Ipswich at the tender age of sixteen, and has since studied the Islamic Sciences in traditional settings in the UK, Jordan and Turkey. He is currently pursuing advanced studies in Jordan, where he is presently based with his family.